Moving Beyond the Racial Crossfire

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The election of Barack Obama raised high hopes that America’s legacy of racism had finally been overcome. But, after a week of deadly violence, the nation—and the President—face a very different reality.

In the Philippines, local police and vigilantes have killed at least 100 suspected drug dealers without any legal proceedings. They’re making good on campaign promises by their newly elected President, Rodrigo Duterte, who called for controlling crime by extra-judicial killing.

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